Olivia Newton-John, star of Grease, dies aged 73
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 19:40:25 GMT
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Pop star best known for her role in the film musical devoted her later life to activism in support of cancer research

Olivia Newton-John, the musical star who found enduring fame for her leading role in the film Grease, has died aged 73. The news was confirmed by her husband.

In a statement posted on social media, Olivia Newton-Johnas widower John Easterling said: aDame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the familyas privacy during this very difficult time.

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Tory peer Michelle Mone settles libel claim afor more than APS50ka
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 17:03:04 GMT
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Lawyers confirm both parties have settled differences on a no fault or damages basis in relation to alleged racist claim

The Conservative peer Michelle Mone has paid a settlement understood to be more than APS50,000 to settle a libel claim from a former friend of Indian heritage who had previously accused her of sending him a racist message, calling him aa waste of a manas white skina.

Richard Lynton-Jones sued Lady Mone for libel over comments she made in the media in January after the Guardian first reported the racist and abusive messages she had allegedly sent him in June 2019. Moneas lawyers confirmed that she and Lynton-Jones had reached a settlement, although they declined to confirm that she had paid him, or how much the settlement was.

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Liz Truss plans could cost APS50bn a year, and will afail to help poorest copea
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 19:11:29 GMT
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Tory frontrunner says tax cuts and spending could cost APS30bn, but analysis shows a much higher price

Liz Trussas emergency tax and spending pledges could cost upwards of APS50bn a year, with experts warning they will fail to help the worst-off deal with the rising cost of living.

Truss, the strong favourite to be the next prime minister, has promised to cancel the national insurance rise, scrap a planned increase in corporation tax, spend more on defence, and remove green levies on energy bills for households and businesses a all of which would cost billions. She has also suggested boosting freeports, which would entail tax cuts for business, and mooted an increase in the married tax allowance.

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aThe new normala: how Europe is being hit by a climate-driven drought crisis
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 14:48:19 GMT
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Water shortages across the continent, from France through Italy, Spain and beyond, are creating a critical situation

Europeas most severe drought in decades is hitting homes, factories, farmers and freight across the continent, as experts warn drier winters and searing summers fuelled by global heating mean water shortages will become athe new normala.

The EU European Drought Observatory has calculated that 45% of the blocas territory was under drought warning by mid-July, with 15% already on red alert, prompting the European Commission to warn of a acriticala situation in multiple regions.

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Mother dies in her sleep in front of children and husband on flight to UK
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 18:24:56 GMT
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Helen Rhodes was a adevoted wife and mothera and athe glue that held her family togethera, a friend said

A mother of two died in front of her children and husband after becoming unresponsive on a flight from Hong Kong to the UK.

Helen Rhodes, who was flying back to the UK with her family after more than 15 years abroad, was found unresponsive hours into the flight on 5 August, her friend Jayne Jeje wrote in a Go Fund Me which has since raised more than APS13,000.

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British pensioner and her dog found dead at home in St Lucia
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 18:16:14 GMT
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Diana Theodore, 72, is believed to have been murdered after police responded to an initial report of a burglary at her home

A British pensioner has been found dead, tied up and under her bed in her home in St Lucia in what police believe to have been a murder.

The body of Diana Theodore, 72, was found on Saturday morning in a pool of blood alongside the body of her pet dog. Police in Choiseul, St Lucia, have opened a murder investigation after she was found with an injury to her head.

Theodore, a mother of one, left the UK for the island more than 30 years ago and has been described as a acommunity activista. In a statement, the Saint Lucia National Trust said: aToday we heard the very sad news of the untimely loss of our long-term member and former councillor and friend of many of our members.a

The trust called Theodore a apassionate and vocal advocate for Saint Luciaas natural and cultural heritagea, adding that she was aa long-term member of the trust who also served on council and regularly contributed her ideas, concerns and advice in areas of conservation and community interesta.

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Ryan Giggs subjected ex-partner to alitanya of abuse, court hears
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:50:03 GMT
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Former Manchester United and Wales football star has pleaded not guilty to all charges as trial begins

Ryan Giggs head-butted his former partner after subjecting her to a alitanya of physical and psychological abuse over three years, a court has heard.

The former Manchester United and Wales footballer, 48, aentirely lost his self-controla and attacked his then partner, Kate Greville, and elbowed her sister in the jaw during an argument about his alleged infidelity, jurors were told.

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Cost of living crisis will add strain to acreakinga NHS, experts warn
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 17:45:07 GMT
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Staffing crisis drives nurses to strike ballot amid warnings of cancelled operations and surge in admissions

The cost of living crisis will add further strain to an already imperilled NHS this autumn, experts have warned, amid concerns the healthcare crisis could deepen if urgent action is not taken.

Healthcare professionals say the NHS is at risk of a surge in hospital admissions, operations being cancelled en masse, and increasing difficulties over discharging patients if such pressures, potentially combined with a further wave of Covid and a bad flu season, are not tackled.

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Rio Ferdinand unaware of monkey gesture by Wolves fan, court hears
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 18:17:26 GMT
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Jamie Arnold charged with abusive behaviour at Manchester United match last year

The former footballer Rio Ferdinand was unaware of being targeted by racist abuse, including a monkey gesture, by a afixateda football fan during a Premier League match, a court has heard.

Jamie Arnold is accused of causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress to Ferdinand by using athreatening, abusive or insultinga words or behaviour at the Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United match at Molineux on 23 May last year.

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EU team submit afinal texta at talks to salvage 2015 Iran nuclear deal
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 18:25:31 GMT
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Revival of agreement awaits apolitical decisionsa in Tehran and Washington after negotiators in Vienna agree text

The European Union has submitted a afinal texta at talks to salvage the 2015 deal aimed at reining in Iranas nuclear ambitions.

The revival of the agreement now awaits apolitical decisionsa in Tehran and Washington after negotiators in Vienna agreed the text thrashed out between Iranian and European representatives over the past five days was the final text and could not be amended further.

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Britney Spears to make musical comeback with Elton John
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 19:26:41 GMT
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Pop star set to collaborate with British singer on track titled Hold Me Closer

Britney Spears will make her return to the music scene by collaborating with Elton John on a new song, it has been confirmed.

While details of the project are limited, a spokesperson confirmed to PA news agency that the track would be titled Hold Me Closer, a new version of Johnas 1971 single Tiny Dancer.

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Ukraine says it has foiled Russian plot to kill defence minister and military chief
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:42:07 GMT
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Two residents of Ukraine accused of working for Russian intelligence said to be under arrest

Ukraineas domestic security service has arrested two people allegedly working for Russian intelligence services who planned to kill Ukraineas defence minister and the head of its military intelligence agency.

The security service of Ukraine foiled the alleged plot by the Russian GRU military intelligence agency to use a sabotage group to carry out three murders including that of a prominent Ukrainian activist, the agency said in a statement on Monday.

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How dangerous is the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant?
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 12:44:34 GMT
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Ukraineas reactor has been damaged by Russian shelling and the UN has asked to be given access to the site

The UN has called for international inspectors to be given access to the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, after it was shelled at the weekend. But how dangerous is the situation and what is likely to happen next?

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Attack on Ukraine nuclear plant asuicidala, says UN chief as he urges access to site
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:32:00 GMT
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Atomic watchdog seeking access to Zaporizhzhia, Europeas largest atomic energy plant, after shelling damages radiation sensors and injures worker

The UN secretary general has called for international inspectors to be given access to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant after Ukraine and Russia traded accusations over the shelling of Europeas largest atomic plant at the weekend.

aAny attack to a nuclear plant is a suicidal thing,a AntA3nio Guterres told a news conference in Japan on Monday, two days after attending the Hiroshima peace memorial ceremony to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the worldas first atomic bombing.

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Ukraine: head of occupied Zaporizhzhia plans referendum on joining Russia
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 15:33:51 GMT
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Pro-Russian head of administration signs decree to start preparations, as Moscow plans to annex seized territory

The Russian-installed head of the occupied part of Ukraineas Zaporizhzhia region signed a decree on Monday providing for a referendum on joining Russia, in the latest sign that Moscow is moving ahead with its plans to annex seized Ukrainian territory.

The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has ruled out any peace talks with Russia if the country proceeds with referendums in the occupied areas.

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Funerals and Islamic Jihad battle songs: Gaza after the ceasefire
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 18:30:15 GMT
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Many areas are still without water and electricity following three days of Israeli airstrikes

In Shujaiya, a neighbourhood of Gaza City already scarred by several rounds of war, men passed around coffee and dates under the shade of a colourful mourning tent while Palestinian Islamic Jihad battle songs blared from a sound system.

Men carrying AK-47s, their faces shielded by black balaclavas, lined the entrance to the tent, and the militant groupas black and yellow flag flew overhead.

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Birmingham got it right but future of Commonwealth Games is uncertain | Andy Bull
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 19:00:05 GMT
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The Games do not attract the very best athletes for every event and next edition in Australia is likely to be on a smaller scale

The menas 5,000m was not a quick race but it had an exhilarating finish. Ugandaas Jacob Kiplimo won it in a sprint past the two Kenyans, Nicholas Kimeli and Jacob Krop, who had been leading since the start. Kiplimo pulled the 30,000 crowd inside Alexander Stadium up to their feet as he passed them both with 100 metres or so to go. In all the excitement no one really noticed the guy they had just swept by on the home stretch. The three of them overtook him so quickly that, if you had blinked, you would have missed him on TV. He was Rosefelo Siosi, from the Solomon Islands, and he still had three more laps to go.

The crowd was just beginning to settle down again when Siosi crossed the line behind them, and kept right on running on around the next bend. By the time he came around again all the runners ahead of him had finished. They were standing by the side of the track, getting their wind back. Siosi had the track to himself now. In the stands, one by one, people seemed to realise what was going on. The noise swelled, and soon they were cheering all over again, even louder now than they had for the winners. On his last lap, which took 80 seconds, Siosi got one long standing ovation. He eventually finished in 17min 26.93sec, 90 seconds behind the field.

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Nancy Banks-Smith on June Spencer: 70 years of muck and bullocks!
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 14:38:52 GMT
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At 103, life starts to sound like a rowdy party going on a few doors down. After being on The Archers all these years, no wonder you want a quiet life

How did it get to be so biblical? Iam a Londoner. How did I find myself up to the neck in muck and bullocks? All this relentless begetting and now twins.

When you are a matriarch, people start complaining about your money. The twins were the last straw. I offered Tom and Natasha a stained-glass window in St Stephenas to celebrate the birth of their twins a| perhaps a couple of cherubim bursting out of veg boxes a| something tasteful like that. What happens? Helen goes into one of her sulks because I didnat offer her children a window as well. (Though, frankly, the less said about those two the better. Iave been holding my breath waiting for their fathers, a sperm donor and an abusive husband, to turn up any day now.)

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Europeas worst ever drought: in pictures
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 15:09:49 GMT
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Parched Greenwich Park, drought-stricken Berlin and wildfires from Spain to Belgium a Europe is feeling the heat this summer

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aA battle in our soulsa: women who fled Ukraine agonise over when to return
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 13:12:24 GMT
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Many of those in nearby countries ask themselves the same questions a is it time to go back? Is it safe?

Natalia Kompaniets spends her days running over a dilemma with her daughter as they sit in their temporary new home, a simply furnished room on the first floor of an unmarked building, in a nondescript suburb of Budapest.

aEvery day we think, should we go back or not? Thereas a battle in our souls,a said Kompaniets, a 51-year-old who left the town of Obukhiv outside Kyiv in early March, along with her daughter and young granddaughter.

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Signs of love? Italy has designated romantic zones a would you kiss on demand?
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 14:54:05 GMT
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Scenic spots throughout the country now have signposts ordering visitors to kiss

Name: Romantic zones.

Age: Ancient in many cases, if only recently signposted.

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aHe has done more to further the cause of hate in the US than almost anyonea: the rise and fall of Alex Jones
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 09:00:08 GMT
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For years, the Infowars provocateur has made millions of dollars spreading lies and disinformation on social media. Last week in a Texas court, he finally saw some comeuppance. But will this be the end of him a or is it just a temporary setback?

In front of a microphone with the cameras on him, Alex Jones looked comfortable on his first day of testimony. The delusional provocateur and conspiracy peddler sauntered to the witness stand in an Austin, Texas, courtroom, shirt unbuttoned without a tie, and introduced himself to the jury with his characteristic, gravelled intonation.

aI actually feel good because I have a chance to say whatas really going on instead of the corporate media and high-powered law firms manipulating what I actually did,a Jones said. aMy big frustration is people saying Iam personally going after them, when I question every event.a

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How we met: aI was a paper boy and she was the Saturday girl in the newsagents a she seemed so cool!a
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 10:00:10 GMT
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Claire, 32 and Curtis, 33, didnat hit it off straightaway. But they reconnected online years later and now live together in Manchester

In 2004, when Claire was a teenager, she got a Saturday job at her local newsagents. She was soon spotted by one of the paper boys, Curtis. aA few of my friends did the paper round with me and they knew Claire worked in the shop,a he says. aIt was obvious I liked her, so they suggested I buy something so I could talk to her.a His plan to impress her didnat go well. aI went in for a Snickers and when I tried to pay she slammed it down on the counter so quickly there was no time to talk. I just ended up with a chocolate bar I didnat want,a he laughs.

aWe had grown up in the same area, so I had seen him around but we never hung out,a says Claire. aI donat remember being standoffish but it was probably a bit awkward.a Curtis admits he was a bit intimidated by her. aThere was a hierarchy in the shop and the Saturday girl was definitely a tier above the paperboys,a he says. aShe seemed so cool and looked pristine. We were soggy from the rain and mud, after falling over with our bikes.a

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Burst water main in north London causes anger amid drought crisis
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 15:03:10 GMT
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Roads closed in borough of Islington as video shows streets under more than a metre of water

Thames Water is facing criticism and anger from customers after one of its water mains burst, causing street flooding at the height of a drought crisis.

The burst 91cm (36in) water main prompted many road closures around Hornsey Road, north London, as video of the incident showed streets submerged in more than a metre of water.

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Ban bonuses for water firm bosses until they fix leaky pipes, say Lib Dems
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 11:35:43 GMT
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Englandas water and sewage chiefs awarded themselves APS27m amid leakages of 2.4bn litres a day

Water company bosses should be banned from giving themselves bonuses until they fix their leaky pipes, the Liberal Democrats have demanded.

New figures uncovered by the party found that Englandas water and sewage company bosses have awarded themselves about APS27m in bonuses over the past two years.

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ScottishPower to build APS150m green hydrogen plant at Port of Felixstowe
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 13:10:08 GMT
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Exclusive: plant at Suffolk port is slated to produce 100megawatts of power from 2026

ScottishPower is planning to build a APS150m green hydrogen plant at the Port of Felixstowe to power trains, trucks and ships, the Guardian can reveal.

The energy company has drawn up proposals for a 100megawatt plant at the Suffolk port which will provide enough fuel to power 1300 hydrogen trucks from 2026.

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Democrats celebrate as climate bill moves to House a and critics weigh in
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:28:34 GMT
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Bernie Sanders calls climate measures a avery modest step forwarda and Republicans denounce the bill altogether

Democrats celebrated the much-delayed Senate passage of their healthcare and climate spending package, expressing hope that the billas approval could improve their prospects in the crucial midterm elections this November.

The bill, formally known as the Inflation Reduction Act, passed the Senate on Sunday in a party-line vote of 51-50, with Vice-President Kamala Harris breaking the tie in the evenly divided chamber.

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What can Ten Hag do about the sorry decline of Manchester United? | Jamie Jackson
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 19:00:05 GMT
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Poor management, on and off the field, and middling signings have left the club far behind Manchester City and Liverpool

Erik ten Hag: you have three weeks to save Manchester Unitedas season. Sound ridiculous after only 90 minutes of Premier League action, even if that was a dire 2-1 home defeat by Brighton on Sunday a their first ever home loss against those opponents in 113 years?

Of course it does, but this is the glaring truth that faces the new manager. And it certainly does not help that Ten Hagas ability to rebuild an embarrassingly mediocre squad is materially affected by two branches of the executive: the smarts of football director, John Murtough, and the desire of the Glazer family to splurge a serious amount of cash.

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Team England celebrate aexceptionala Commonwealth Games medal tally
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 18:22:43 GMT
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  • Host nation win record 176 medals, including 57 gold
  • Chef de mission proud of ayoung, ambitious teama

England finished with a record 176 medals a 57 of them gold a at Birmingham 2022 but fell narrowly short of the goal of outperforming table-topping Australia at the home Commonwealth Games.

Driven by dominance across sports such as gymnastics and diving, England beat their previous record of 174 at Glasgow 2014 and, although Australia finished ahead on the leaderboard with 178 medals, Team Englandas chef de mission, Mark England, hailed the efforts of his team.

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Barcelona blocked by La Liga from registering new players before season
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 19:57:06 GMT
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  • La Liga audit says BarASSa do not have enough money
  • Top summer signing is striker Robert Lewandowski

Barcelona still cannot register their summer signings after La Liga rejected an attempt to use the clubas own funds to inflate the value of two of the asset sales they had resorted to in order to balance the books and strengthen their team.

The intention now is to turn to a fourth source of extraordinary income with the sale of a further 25% of their content production company, BarASSa Studios, for an estimated a!100m in the hope that it will allow them to include new arrivals such as Robert Lewandowski, Andreas Christensen and Jules KoundA(c) in the squad for their opening game against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday night.

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South Asian Cricket Academy wastes little time showing why it was needed | Emma John
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 14:00:03 GMT
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Programme aimed at helping British Asians progress in the county game bears early fruit with batsman Kashif Ali

Kashif Ali learned how to bat from Mohammad Yousuf and Joe Root. There were no coaches around when he and his friends played tapeball cricket, so he watched his favourite players on YouTube, and tried to imitate them. When he was 12, his family moved from Kashmir to Luton, and three years later he played his first hardball game. By the time he was 24 he had played in the 2nd XIs of six different first-class counties a without ever making it further.

Two weeks ago, Kashif finally made his first-class debut, for Worcestershire. Their County Championship match against Derbyshire was a low-scoring affair where the seamers ran rampant, and only four complete overs had been bowled when Kashif was hurried in at No 5, his team 23 for three. He put on almost a century stand for the fourth wicket with Jack Haynes, and top-scored in the innings with 52. aI didnat think too much about it,a he says. aI just went in, played my shots, and backed myself.a The next day, Worcestershire signed him on a two-year deal. aItas what Iave wanted for quite a few years now, so that felt really good.a

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PGA Tour heads to court to keep LIV players out of FedEx Cup
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 17:07:23 GMT
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  • Players battling to stay in contention for end of season event
  • Saudi-backed league has tempted players to rebel tour

The PGA Tour has asked a federal judge in San Francisco to deny the appeal of three suspended players who joined Saudi-backed LIV Golf and now want to compete in the touras lucrative postseason, arguing the players knew the consequences two months ago.

Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford filed a temporary restraining order last week, separate from 10 players who filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, two days before the first of three FedEx Cup playoff events in the chase for the $18m prize.

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The Fiver | A soothing aural balm for match-going fans in the comfort of their cars
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:32:12 GMT
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When it comes to football discourse, Twitter has long been a haven of reasoned, informed debate and tranquility. Whatever the talking point du jour a the taking of the knee, the increasingly insidious modern geopolitical dimensions of the game, or the puzzling philosophical conundrum of when exactly one-time Arsenal target Jackson MartAnez might turn 29 a the Social Media Disgrace is the go-to meta-parlour for decorous, inoffensive and in no way deranged discussion.

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Spendolini-Sirieix gold wraps up Englandas best diving Commonwealth Games
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 15:57:05 GMT
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  • 17-year-old wins mixed synchro with Noah Williams
  • Scotland win gold in mixed synchro 3m springboard

For five long days of competition in Birmingham, the best divers in England were almost untouchable. As the final Commonwealth Games medals were handed out, though, they allowed themselves just one atrocious dive each to close. Together, Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, Noah Williams, Kyle Kothari and Lois Toulson walked towards Sandwell Aquatics Centreas diving pool where they expertly performed celebratory belly flops in unison.

They had much to celebrate. Moments earlier, the breakthrough Games of the 17-year-old SpendoliniaSirieix had a perfect conclusion as she paired up with Williams to win her second gold medal in the mixed synchro. As she did in her individual exploits, they dominated the field, scoring 333.06 to win by 14.52 points ahead of Kothari and Toulson in an English one-two finish.

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WNBA conditions under scrutiny after Sparks players forced to sleep in airport
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:38:40 GMT
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  • Incident comes days after Brittney Griner jailed in Russia
  • WNBA players travel on commercial, rather than charter, flights

The working conditions of WNBA athletes have come under scrutiny again after Los Angeles Sparks players were forced to sleep at an airport when their flight was cancelled.

The Sparks had beaten the Washington Mystics on Sunday night but their flight back to LA was cancelled at 1am and then rescheduled for 9am.

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Who knows if Truss or Sunak is right on the cost of living crisis a where are all the economists? | Simon Jenkins
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 13:39:51 GMT
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The profession seems to have gone AWOL, just when we could do with a bit of modelling on tax cuts v handouts

Cut taxes? No, give handouts. Go for growth? No, fight inflation. Increase debt, curb debt. Raise interest rates, lower them.

Two members until recently of the same cabinet seem at opposite extremes of the economic spectrum. Both studied economics at Oxford. They must have attended similar lectures and read the same books. Whatas their problem?

Simon Jenkins is a Guardian columnist

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Truss and Sunak still havenat grasped the magnitude of Britainas cost of living crisis
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 17:44:20 GMT
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Neither has an adequate plan a but a joint announcement of a generous package of help whoever wins would boost confidence

Britain is facing a cost of living crisis this winter more brutal than any in living memory. Annual energy bills for the average household are set to hit APS300 a month from October, almost double the current level. Spending power will be sucked out of the economy as millions of households struggle a and fail a to make ends meet. The courts will be clogged up with people prosecuted for falling behind with their payments.

Thatas the situation facing the two hopefuls slugging it out to be the countryas next prime minister, yet neither Liz Truss nor Rishi Sunak yet seems to have grasped the magnitude of the problem, in public at least.

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Martin Rowson on the ongoing Tory leadership contest a cartoon
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 17:23:46 GMT
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Are slowing house prices good news for Britain's generation rent? Donat hold your breath | Laurie Macfarlane
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 14:53:10 GMT
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Itas tempting to think buying a home will become easier, but economic turmoil will make would-be owners worse off

Amid the gloomy economic data released last week, one statistic caught many analysts by surprise. Halifax, the countryas largest mortgage lender, reported that UK house price growth has not only slowed down but turned negative. Just one month ago, the same bank had announced that prices had soared to a record high. Could this dramatic shift mark the beginning of the end for the great British housing boom?

After years of watching homeownership slip further out of reach, it might be tempting for generation rent to greet the news of a house price slowdown with open arms. But it would be premature to reach for the champagne. Even if house prices continue to fall, any potential benefits will almost certainly be offset by other economic forces. There are also good reasons to treat this data with caution. The average price fell by just APS365 in July a or 0.1% month on month a and still remains more than APS30,000 higher than the same time last year. The figure also only reflects data from one lender, and represents an average of prices across the UK.

Laurie Macfarlane is an economist and writer. He is co-author of Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing

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Laugh? I almost cried at Gordon Brownas night of Edinburgh fringe comedy
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 15:33:20 GMT
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The former PMas one-off onstage chat with standup Matt Forde belied his dour image. If only head shown more of this side of himself to the electorate

Where is the comedy, Matt Forde, in this? Where is the comedy in bringing on to the stage intellectual and moral colossus Gordon Brown, just as the vote for our next PM is cast between a remainder-bin Thatcher who canat find her way out of a room, and a squillionaire who doesnat just want to rob the poor to give to the well-off, but appears to admit it? OK, so Forde is a comedian as well as a mimic, and his Political Party show is branded as comedy a but when Brown came on stage for his houras chat on the Edinburgh fringe, to an ovation from this home crowd, I practically burst out crying.

So did Forde, mind you: he was clearly in the presence of his political hero, and his Brown-nosed interrogation here threw only the softest of balls in the ex-PMas direction. One might have wished for a more testing examination of a man who, it could be argued, let the financial sector off the hook after the 2008 crash, opened up the NHS to private interests, cosied up to the Daily Mail a and contrived to lose an election to that political homunculus David Cameron. Forde didnat even ask Brown about his vexed relationship with Tony Blair, a man whose name, remarkably, was not once uttered in this hour-long conversation. As opposed to Peter Mandelson, whom Forde did ask Brown about, to amusingly terse effect.

The Political Party with Matt Forde is at the Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, on 15 and 22 August

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I love Cabaret a but the Weimar Republic musical suddenly feels too immersive | Zoe Williams
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 15:03:20 GMT
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The new stage version of the musical is a joy a but todayas spiralling inflation and fierce inequality make it too close to the bone

I must have seen the 1972 film Cabaret 30 times. Iave watched it with people who didnat like musicals, a guy who thought Liza Minnelli looked like a duck (who I no longer speak to), children so young that I started off trying to explain the Weimar aesthetic, only to realise partway through this that Iad first have to tell them who Hitler was. Yet, I had never seen it on stage, and by the time the current West End production opened, assumed I probably wouldnat, being opposed in principle to super-expensive tickets. Itas a weird objection. Iam in favour of performers at the apex of their game being paid a lot, and I strongly support the live arts breaking even. I just canat spend APS200 on a thing that lasts such a short time.

Mr Z finally persuaded me with a PowerPoint presentation plotting units of human enjoyment against number of birthday presents it could represent. By the time the night rolled around, I was so completely won over to the enterprise that I stepped out in a mink stole belonging to Mr Zas great-great-aunt. The 12-year-old disapproves of fur, of course, but I made the case that it was over 100 years old, so whichever way you sliced it, those minks would definitely no longer be alive.

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Itas the culture war games a and the last Tory contenders are on the run from reality | Nesrine Malik
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 05:00:05 GMT
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Boris Johnson is on his way out but the awar on wokea is here to stay: itas all they have to talk about as the economy crumbles

It is the ceremonial opening of the culture war games. Rishi Sunak, late to start but making up ground, showed up in earnest at the end of July with what has become the first ritual, the kicking of the asylum seeker. Liz Truss pledged to send even more of them abroad. Sunak, unable to outdo Truss by pledging to fire them into outer space, said hear me out: cruise ships. How about we house asylum seekers in a sort of floating prison while they are processed?

This didnat do the trick, and so Sunak effectively relaunched his campaign last week, pivoting towards a fight with aleftwing agitatorsa for trying to atake a bulldozer to our history, our traditions and our fundamental valuesa. He accused them of arewriting the English language so we canat even use words like amana, awomana or amothera without being told weare offending someonea. Then scrambling for more, announced that avilifying the UKa should be an offence that should be referred to Prevent, as it amounts to extremism.

Nesrine Malik is a Guardian columnist

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The most awe-inspiring and exuberant birds are facing extinction first a let's stop nature becoming boring | Lucy Jones
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 09:00:08 GMT
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From toucans and puffins to iridescent hummingbirds, the most unique creatures are the most vulnerable to human impacts

For decades ecologists have been warning about the homogenisation of diversity a species becoming more alike a in the living world. Now, researchers at the University of Sheffield have published research predicting that bird species with striking and extreme traits are likely to go extinct first. aThe global extinction crisis doesnat just mean that weare losing species,a says the studyas leader, Dr Emma Hughes. aIt means that we are losing unique traits and evolutionary history.a

This shows that human activity is not just drastically reducing numbers of species, it is probably disproportionately destroying the most unique, unusual and distinctive creatures on Earth.

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The Guardian view on the dog days of Boris Johnsonas premiership: crises, which crises? | Editorial
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 17:23:41 GMT
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As the Conservative party talks to itself, a chance to grip the challenges of the autumn and winter is being wasted

The sweltering summer continues to deliver ominous headlines, all pointing to the perfect storm that seems certain to break in the autumn. A new study from York University predicts that, by January 2023, more than half of UK households could be in fuel poverty, spending over 10% of net income on energy costs. The health secretary, Stephen Barclay, admits that the NHS may be unable to cope with a likely Covid wave, seasonal flu and the health impact of the cost of living crisis. Charities, which successive Conservative governments have relied on to prop up one of the meanest social safety nets in Europe, are struggling to meet soaring demand for basics as their own finances are hit by the economic squeeze.

Against this sobering backdrop, the ongoing Tory leadership race has become a darkly surreal distraction; a private affair which, increasingly, insults the intelligence of the country at large. As they seek to peddle old-time religion to Conservative party members, both Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have deployed vintage Thatcherite dog-whistles rather than offer proper reassurance to those in need of it. Confronted with the reality that the budgets of millions of families risk being holed beneath the waterline, Ms Truss sounded utterly out of kilter with the times as she used an interview to reject the idea of additional ahandoutsa. During a hustings debate, Mr Sunak actually argued for a crackdown on welfare benefits, blaming the unemployed for driving up inflationary pressures in the labour market.

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The Guardian view on ancient trees: natural monuments need protecting | Editorial
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 17:23:19 GMT
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Trees that have been standing for hundreds or thousands of years are entitled to special treatment a just like precious buildings

Efforts to increase the level of protection available to ancient a or simply old a trees in the UK have been building for some time. In 2019, Janis Fry, an artist and yew expert living in Wales, launched a petition calling for new laws that would prevent the destruction of about 157 ancient yew trees at least 2,000 years old. Since then, the chorus of disapproval about current provision has grown steadily louder (if not exactly deafening: tree enthusiasts not generally being the noisiest protesters).

The launch of the Woodland Trustas Tree of the Year competition this week a in which five venerable oaks dominate a shortlist of 12 a offers another chance to focus minds. The wider problem goes beyond the lack of protection for individual trees, and includes issues relating to the conservation of nature more broadly. While tree cover in the UK is increasing, woodland wildlife is not, and more diverse planting, including a larger proportion of native species, is needed if that is to change. The consensus among experts and charities such as the trust is that government proposals recently sent out for consultation did not go far enough. Pressure must be applied to ensure that existing protections are not only maintained but strengthened as the risks from unchecked global heating and fossil fuel production continue to increase.

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To pay or not to pay exorbitant energy bills | Letters
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:43:12 GMT
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People should seek help from their energy supplier first to avoid the consequences of refusing to pay, advises Robert Dow, while John Nicholson recalls the effect of the poll tax protests

This is a terrible state of affairs (Enough is enough: this winter I will be refusing to pay my energy bills, 4 August). The people running our country had all their eggs in one basket and now we are asked to pay for their mistakes. This is reminiscent of the poll tax, where there could be consequences down the line for customers who donat pay.

I for one cannot afford the cost of energy and Iam way over the 10% income threshold for fuel poverty. I will pay, but only what I can afford. My account is in credit at present, but when energy costs rise that will soon be depleted. I will refuse any increase on my direct debit. Prior to going into the red, I will be asking my energy company for help and they are obliged to help me.

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The customer is always angry a hereas why | Letters
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:43:48 GMT
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Gary McKillion, Christina Freeman and Louise Richmond on how bureaucracy and the erosion of society have dehumanised people and led to a customer service nightmare

Regarding your article (aDonat take it out on our staff!a: How did Britain become so angry?, 4 August), in the mid-1990s, when I was 21 and working as a software developer at a well-known burger restaurant chain, I was often sworn at by our customers. The company sent us on courses to help us deal with difficult customers and communicate more effectively. It really helped. Since then, Iave been involved in the mass rollout of IT systems and seen the effects on society over the past 30 years. Recently, Iave worked in customer service myself.

I believe that the increasing aggression to staff is driven by two major factors. The first has been a rise in bureaucracy, much of which is enforced by computer systems that canat handle situations outside the norm, and the corresponding increase in processes and regulations. We are conditioned to expect rigid processes and inexperienced staff who are unable to show initiative. Diminishing margins mean that smaller companies simply donat have the staff to deal with our problems.

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Cash makes comeback as cost of living crisis bites, says Post Office
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 11:55:57 GMT
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Branches handled record APS801m in personal cash withdrawals in July as people struggle to manage spending

Cash has made a comeback as a result of the cost of living crisis, with record amounts being withdrawn as consumers increasingly rely on notes and coins to help them manage their budgets, figures show.

While the pandemic accelerated the UKas embrace of card and digital payments, the economic crisis a with inflation going up and many bills expected to rise further a has led a growing numbers of people to turn once again to cash to help them plan their spending.

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Sunak says Trussas cost of living plan is abig bunga to wealthy and large firms
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 09:31:05 GMT
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Favouring tax cuts above support payments will leave those most in need out in cold, says ex-chancellor

Rishi Sunak has launched a fresh attack on his Conservative leadership rival Liz Trussas plan for tax cuts in an emergency budget, describing it as a abig bunga for large businesses and the better-off which would do little to help those most in need over the winter.

On Saturday, Truss rejected ahandoutsa as a way of helping people affected by the cost of living crisis. Rather, Truss said that she would go ahead with her proposed tax cuts, which would be her primary way of helping people with the cost of living crisis.

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aItas astonishinga: energy bill blunders add to agony for customers
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 08:00:07 GMT
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If you thought the cost of living crisis couldnat get any worse, utility firms are piling on the pressure with mistakes and poor customer service

The debt collectors arrived when Laura Kennedy* was out. They left a letter to say they would be back to claim payments owed to Scottish Power.

Kennedy has never been a customer of Scottish Power and the bills were not in her name, but that hadnat stopped the demands and threats pouring through her letterbox for 18 months. She is so terrified that bailiffs will enter her home and seize her goods that she is now moving out.

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Johnson accused of allowing asummer of drifta amid cost of living crisis
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 12:22:20 GMT
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Business leaders urge PM to act as No 10 says there are no plans to address crisis until next Tory leader is voted in

Boris Johnson has been accused by business leaders of allowing a asummer of drifta to take hold, after he ruled out new cost of living measures until a new prime minister is in place.

The prime ministeras official spokesperson said there were no plans for a Cobra meeting to address the cost of living crisis, and it would be for either Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak to work out a plan for dealing with the economic situation when the new prime minister is in post in a monthas time.

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Aslef says Avanti West Coast is alyinga after firm blames service cuts on strikes
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:16:05 GMT
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Train driversa union speaks out as London to Manchester service scaled back to one an hour

The train driversa union Aslef has called Avanti West Coast alying cheapskatesa after the rail operator slashed its intercity timetables, blaming aunofficial strike actiona.

Avanti, which runs services on the west coast mainline between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, has suspended ticket sales and said it would run as few as four trains an hour from Sunday to try to cut the growing number of short-notice cancellations experienced in recent weeks.

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Birmingham expects surge of tourism following success of Commonwealth Games
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 20:42:05 GMT
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Event is on track to be most successful games in history with more than 1.5m tickets sold

Birmingham is expecting a surge of tourists over the summer as the cityas reputation receives a boost from the Commonwealth Games, business leaders said as the 11-day sports event comes to a close.

The event has been heralded as a roaring success for the Midlands city, with more than 1.5m tickets sold a making it on track to be one of the most successful Commonwealth Games in history.

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aI find it stressfula: Lewis Hamilton reveals he dislikes driving outside of F1
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 17:10:18 GMT
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  • Seven-time world champion says he considered quitting sport
  • Driver still aon missiona and pondering extending new contract

Lewis Hamilton has made the startling admission that he does not like driving on normal roads because he finds it too stressful.

Speaking to Vanity Fair magazine an article published on Monday, the seven-time Formula One world champion said: aI just think that I find it stressful. I try not to do things that donat add to my life.a

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Plan to axe 91,000 civil servants aonly possible with cuts to servicesa
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 18:48:25 GMT
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Review casts doubt on Boris Johnsonas claim that frontline services would not be harmed

Doubts have been cast on claims by Boris Johnson that it will be possible to go ahead with plans to axe 91,000 civil servants awithout harminga frontline services.

The prime minister wrote in May to civil servants justifying plans for a reduction in headcount of almost 20%, saying the government must reduce its costs ajust as many families are doinga.

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Biden tours flood-ravaged Kentucky as White House highlights climate crisis
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 21:30:01 GMT
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Biden calls passage of historic climate and healthcare legislation as a abig deala in state where flooding has claimed 37 lives,

Joe Biden on Monday toured parts of eastern Kentucky devastated by the worst flooding in the stateas history and pledging to help recovery, while his spokesperson warned that the climate crisis was having an impact on such events there and across America.

At least 37 people have died in the flooding since a deluge late last month that dropped up to 10.5in of rain in only 48 hours.

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Biden condemns Muslim killings: aHateful attacks have no place in Americaa
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 13:56:41 GMT
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Police say race and religion likely a factor in deaths of three men 10 days apart and further death late last year in Albuquerque

Joe Biden has condemned the possibly related killings of four Muslim men in New Mexicoas largest city, saying athese hateful attacks have no place in Americaa.

aI am angered and saddened,a the president also said in a tweet Sunday. aWhile we await a full investigation, my prayers are with the victimsa families, and my administration stands strongly with the Muslim community.a

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aNowhere is safea: California highway shootings double in two years, data reveals
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 10:00:10 GMT
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State highways saw more than 400 incidents last year. Police are still trying to understand why

It was a few minutes after 11pm on 27 October 2021 when Ramon Price Sr received a call from a number he recognized as the county coroneras office.

Priceas oldest son, Ramon Price Jr, had been shot while driving his white Chevrolet Malibu on a stretch of Oakland freeway, the office said. The 27-year-old had died at the scene.

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Olivia Newton-John, star of Grease, dies aged 73
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 19:40:25 GMT
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Pop star best known for her role in the film musical devoted her later life to activism in support of cancer research

Olivia Newton-John, the musical star who found enduring fame for her leading role in the film Grease, has died aged 73. The news was confirmed by her husband.

In a statement posted on social media, Olivia Newton-Johnas widower John Easterling said: aDame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the familyas privacy during this very difficult time.

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Democrats celebrate as climate bill moves to House a and critics weigh in
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:28:34 GMT
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Bernie Sanders calls climate measures a avery modest step forwarda and Republicans denounce the bill altogether

Democrats celebrated the much-delayed Senate passage of their healthcare and climate spending package, expressing hope that the billas approval could improve their prospects in the crucial midterm elections this November.

The bill, formally known as the Inflation Reduction Act, passed the Senate on Sunday in a party-line vote of 51-50, with Vice-President Kamala Harris breaking the tie in the evenly divided chamber.

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Trump wanted Pentagon generals to be like second world war Nazis, book says
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 14:51:21 GMT
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Ex-president complained to John Kelly awhy canat you be like the German generals?a according to excerpt from the New Yorker

During his time in the Oval Office, Donald Trump wanted the Pentagonas generals to be like Nazi Germanyas generals in the second world war, according to a book excerpt in the New Yorker.

In an exchange with his former White House chief of staff John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, Trump reportedly complained: aYou fucking generals, why canat you be like the German generals?a

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China resumes military drills off Taiwan after shelving US talks
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 12:48:42 GMT
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Anti-submarine attack and sea raid exercises begin, as Beijing maintains pressure on Taiwanas defences

China carried out fresh military drills around Taiwan on Monday, including anti-submarine attack and sea raid operations, a day after its major live-fire exercises targeting the territory were supposed to end.

Beijingas defence ministry also defended its shelving of military talks with the US in protest against Nancy Pelosias visit to Taipei last week, which have raised concerns about potential accidents escalating into conflict.

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Leandro Lo: shooting death of jiu-jitsu champion shocks Brazil
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 17:48:51 GMT
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Military police officer accused of shooting Lo after an altercation at a concert was apparently a gun aficionado

Dozens of kimono-clad mourners have gathered to pay tribute to the world jiu-jitsu champion Leandro Lo after he was shot dead in SAPSo Paulo in a crime that has shocked Brazil.

The 33-year-old fighter, who won eight world championship titles and is considered one of the sportas greatest ever practitioners, was pronounced dead on Sunday after being shot in the head at a nightclub in Brazilas biggest city.

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Photos suggest Trump blocked toilets with ripped-up White House documents
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 15:27:19 GMT
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Images published ahead of new book on 45th presidency offer possible evidence of violations of Presidential Records Act

Claims that Donald Trump periodically blocked up White House and other drains with wads of paper appear to be borne out in photographs leaked ahead of the publication of a new account of the 45th presidency.

On Monday, Axios published photos of folded-up paper, marked with Trumpas telltale handwriting, using his favored pen, a Sharpie, submerged at the bottom of various toilet bowls.

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Gabby Petitoas family to file $50m wrongful death case against Utah police
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 20:20:23 GMT
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The lawsuit alleges that when officers stopped the couple on 12 August last year, they did not recognize that Petito was in danger

The family of Gabby Petito announced plans to file a $50m wrongful death lawsuit against Utah police on Monday, claiming that officers in the small desert town of Moab, who stopped Petito and boyfriend Brian Laundrie last year, failed to recognize their daughter was in a domestic violence situation.

The notice of a forthcoming claim alleges that when officers stopped the couple on 12 August 2021, they did not recognize that Petito, 22, was in danger.

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Ahmaud Arberyas murderers sentenced to life in prison for federal hate crime
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 20:41:19 GMT
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Travis and Greg McMichael were also sentenced earlier this year to life without parole in a Georgia state court for the murder

The white father and son convicted of murder in Ahmaud Arberyas fatal shooting after they chased him through a Georgia neighborhood were sentenced on Monday to life in prison for committing a federal hate crime.

Travis McMichael, 36, and Greg McMichael, 66, received their sentences from US district court judge Lisa Godbey Wood in the port city of Brunswick. The punishment is largely symbolic a the McMichaels were sentenced earlier this year to life without parole in a Georgia state court for 25-year-old Arberyas murder.

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Has the love affair between Trump and Fox News gone sour?
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 14:01:22 GMT
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The rightwing channel has not covered its former sweetheart with its regular fervour a could a billion-dollar lawsuit be why?

For years, Donald Trump and Fox News were smitten.

The former president would call into the rightwing news channel seemingly whenever he liked. Fox News hosts pumped up every Trump utterance. Trump watched the channel religiously, and in 2019 alone he sent 657 tweets in response to Fox News or Fox Business programs.

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WNBA conditions under scrutiny after Sparks players forced to sleep in airport
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:38:40 GMT
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  • Incident comes days after Brittney Griner jailed in Russia
  • WNBA players travel on commercial, rather than charter, flights

The working conditions of WNBA athletes have come under scrutiny again after Los Angeles Sparks players were forced to sleep at an airport when their flight was cancelled.

The Sparks had beaten the Washington Mystics on Sunday night but their flight back to LA was cancelled at 1am and then rescheduled for 9am.

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An extraordinary story of forgiveness: from life without parole to finding grace
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 11:21:24 GMT
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A new project gives a voice to people serving life sentences in Louisiana a and brought together two men whose lives collided in tragedy

Charles Amos spoke candidly about the crime he committed.

Against a black backdrop in front of a single camera at Louisianaas Angola prison, 25 years after it happened, he spoke of his remorse, his rehabilitation and how prison had changed him.

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Caroline Kennedy meets children of Solomon Islanders who saved JFKas life
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 04:20:28 GMT
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New US ambassador to Australia was in Honiara to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal

A visit to Solomon Islands by senior US diplomats included a touching personal moment, as Caroline Kennedy, the new US ambassador to Australia, met with the children of two men who saved the life of her father, John F Kennedy, during the second world war.

Caroline Kennedy was in Honiara to mark the 80th anniversary of the battle of Guadalcanal, a brutal seven-month land, sea and air fight between allied and Japanese forces that marked a turning point in the war.

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Ukraine says it has foiled Russian plot to kill defence minister and military chief
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:42:07 GMT
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Two residents of Ukraine accused of working for Russian intelligence said to be under arrest

Ukraineas domestic security service has arrested two people allegedly working for Russian intelligence services who planned to kill Ukraineas defence minister and the head of its military intelligence agency.

The security service of Ukraine foiled the alleged plot by the Russian GRU military intelligence agency to use a sabotage group to carry out three murders including that of a prominent Ukrainian activist, the agency said in a statement on Monday.

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Ukraine: head of occupied Zaporizhzhia plans referendum on joining Russia
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 15:33:51 GMT
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Pro-Russian head of administration signs decree to start preparations, as Moscow plans to annex seized territory

The Russian-installed head of the occupied part of Ukraineas Zaporizhzhia region signed a decree on Monday providing for a referendum on joining Russia, in the latest sign that Moscow is moving ahead with its plans to annex seized Ukrainian territory.

The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has ruled out any peace talks with Russia if the country proceeds with referendums in the occupied areas.

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How dangerous is the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant?
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 12:44:34 GMT
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Ukraineas reactor has been damaged by Russian shelling and the UN has asked to be given access to the site

The UN has called for international inspectors to be given access to the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, after it was shelled at the weekend. But how dangerous is the situation and what is likely to happen next?

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Olivia Newton-John was that rare thing: a wonderfully unselfconscious star
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 19:55:40 GMT
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After soaring to fame in Grease, Newton-John a who has died aged 73 a became the queen of the movie soundtrack album, and her roles in oddball hits Xanadu and A Mom for Christmas meant audiences never stopped loving her

Olivia Newton-John was an Australian recording star who achieved serious Hollywood fame with her starring role in the 1978 musical Grease, playing opposite the white-hot leading man of the moment, John Travolta. Just a few years earlier, she had come an ignominious fourth representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest (she was born in England), losing out to Abbaas Waterloo. But Grease made her a serious A-lister.

At the ages of 29 and 24, Newton-John and Travolta were playing high-school students Sandy and Danny in a fondly imagined 1950s a but no one questioned the age disparity at the time, and Newton-John was probably Hollywoodas last example of a mature juvenile lead. In Grease she is the sweet, pure virgin in love with the leather-jacketed cool kid a until the final number, when she embraces her inner biker chick to keep his heart ensnared. Sandy famously had to be rewritten from the stage version to explain her Australian accent: nowadays, Aussie stars such as Margot Robbie and the Hemsworth brothers do American accents indistinguishable from the real thing.

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aHe has done more to further the cause of hate in the US than almost anyonea: the rise and fall of Alex Jones
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 09:00:08 GMT
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For years, the Infowars provocateur has made millions of dollars spreading lies and disinformation on social media. Last week in a Texas court, he finally saw some comeuppance. But will this be the end of him a or is it just a temporary setback?

In front of a microphone with the cameras on him, Alex Jones looked comfortable on his first day of testimony. The delusional provocateur and conspiracy peddler sauntered to the witness stand in an Austin, Texas, courtroom, shirt unbuttoned without a tie, and introduced himself to the jury with his characteristic, gravelled intonation.

aI actually feel good because I have a chance to say whatas really going on instead of the corporate media and high-powered law firms manipulating what I actually did,a Jones said. aMy big frustration is people saying Iam personally going after them, when I question every event.a

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Signs of love? Italy has designated romantic zones a would you kiss on demand?
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 14:54:05 GMT
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Scenic spots throughout the country now have signposts ordering visitors to kiss

Name: Romantic zones.

Age: Ancient in many cases, if only recently signposted.

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Discovered in the deep: meet Casper the ghostly octopus
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 05:00:03 GMT
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First spotted in Hawaii in 2016 more than two miles beneath the surface, scientists are slowly learning the cephalopodas secrets

A white octopus sat on the seabed, gently waggling its short, stubby arms and peering with beady eyes into the camera of a deep-diving robot.

It was 2016, in waters off Hawaii, at a depth of 4,290 metres (2.6 miles). No one had ever seen an octopus like it, and certainly not so deep. Based on its ghostly appearance, it was nicknamed Casper.

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How we met: aI was a paper boy and she was the Saturday girl in the newsagents a she seemed so cool!a
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 10:00:10 GMT
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Claire, 32 and Curtis, 33, didnat hit it off straightaway. But they reconnected online years later and now live together in Manchester

In 2004, when Claire was a teenager, she got a Saturday job at her local newsagents. She was soon spotted by one of the paper boys, Curtis. aA few of my friends did the paper round with me and they knew Claire worked in the shop,a he says. aIt was obvious I liked her, so they suggested I buy something so I could talk to her.a His plan to impress her didnat go well. aI went in for a Snickers and when I tried to pay she slammed it down on the counter so quickly there was no time to talk. I just ended up with a chocolate bar I didnat want,a he laughs.

aWe had grown up in the same area, so I had seen him around but we never hung out,a says Claire. aI donat remember being standoffish but it was probably a bit awkward.a Curtis admits he was a bit intimidated by her. aThere was a hierarchy in the shop and the Saturday girl was definitely a tier above the paperboys,a he says. aShe seemed so cool and looked pristine. We were soggy from the rain and mud, after falling over with our bikes.a

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The big idea: are we living in a simulation?
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 11:30:12 GMT
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Could the universe be an elaborate game constructed by bored aliens?

Elon Musk thinks you donat exist. But itas nothing personal: he thinks he doesnat exist either. At least, not in the normal sense of existing. Instead we are just immaterial software constructs running on a gigantic alien computer simulation. Musk has stated that the odds are billions to one that we are actually living in abase realitya, ie the physical universe. At the end of last year, he responded to a tweet about the anniversary of the crude tennis video game Pong (1972) by writing: a49 years later, games are photo-realistic 3D worlds. What does that trend continuing imply about our reality?a

This idea is surprisingly popular among philosophers and even some scientists. Its modern version is based on a seminal 2003 paper, Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? by the Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom. Assume, he says, that in the far future, civilisations hugely more technically advanced than ours will be interested in running aancestor simulationsa of the sentient beings in their distant galactic past. If so, there will one day be many more simulated minds than real minds. Therefore you should be very surprised if you are actually one of the few real minds in existence rather than one of the trillions of simulated minds.

This idea has a long history in philosophical scepticism (the idea that we canat know anything for sure about the external world) and other traditions. The Chinese Taoist sage Zhuangzi wrote a celebrated fable about a man who couldnat be sure whether he was a man dreaming of being a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming of being a man. RenA(c) Descartes imagined that he might be being manipulated by an aevil demona (or aevil geniusa) that controlled all the sensations he experienced, while the 20th-century American philosopher Hilary Putnam coined the term abrain in a vata to describe a similar idea. But while Neo in the Wachowskisa 1999 film The Matrix really is a brain (or rather a whole depilated body) in a vat, the simulation hypothesis says that you do not have a physical body anywhere. aYoua are merely the result of mathematical calculations in some vast computer.

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If Democrats want votes, they should rain fury on union-busting corporations | Hamilton Nolan
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 10:23:11 GMT
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We supposedly have the most pro-union US president of our lifetimes. Letas see him act like it

In June, workers at a Chipotle restaurant in Augusta, Maine, became the first in the companyas history to file for a union election. Less than a month later, the company closed the store. In shutting down a location that was set to unionize, Chipotle was keeping company with Starbucks, which has suddenly undertaken a campaign to shut down several unionizing locations from coast to coast due to asafetya issues, and the health food company Amyas Kitchen, which last month closed an entire factory in California where workers were organizing. It is, of course, impossible to aprovea that these companies closed these locations to try to crush the union drives, in the same sense that it is impossible to prove that a schoolyard bully meant to punch you in the face: he claims that he was merely punching the air while you happened to walk in front of his fist. Whoas to say whatas true in such a murky situation?

Plausible deniability aside, this is an extremely serious problem. Not just for the underpaid, overworked employees at all of these low-wage jobs, desperately hanging on to financial survival by their fingernails, but for all of us. America is mired in a half-century-long crisis of rising inequality that has been fueled, above all, by the combined erosion of labor power and the growth of the power of capital. The American dream enjoyed by the lucky baby-boom generation a buying a home and sending your kids to college on one income a is dead and gone, replaced by a thin crust of the rich sitting atop a huge swamp of once-middle-class jobs that no longer offer enough to sustain a middle-class lifestyle.

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Biden can still stop Trump, and Trumpism a if he can find a bold plan and moral vision | Robert Reich
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 12:05:52 GMT
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The US president has been struggling and his divisive rival still has the Republican party in his grip. But there are reasons for hope

Will Joe Biden be re-elected in 2024? With his current approval rating in the cellar, most pundits assume he will be toast by the next presidential election. At 81, he would also be the oldest person ever elected president, slightly exceeding the typical Americanas lifespan.

So, the conventional thinking goes, Biden will be demolished by Donald Trump (or a Trump surrogate such as the Texas senator Ted Cruz or the Florida governor Ron DeSantis), thereby subjecting the US and the world to an even crazier authoritarian than Trump 1.0.

But thatas way too simplistic. In reality, Bidenas current approval rating isnat much different from Ronald Reaganas about this point in his presidency when he was grappling with inflation and the inevitable buyeras remorse that voters feel a year and a half into a presidency. Two and a half years later, Reagan had won 49 states in his re-election bid against Walter Mondale. (Reagan was then 73, just short of the typical Americanas lifespan at the time.)

Trumpas popularity has plummeted since the 2020 election a a casualty not just of most Americansa outrage at his big lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him and his role in the January 6 insurrection, but also of the poor showing (and terrifying
characteristics) of many of his endorsees in recent Republican primaries. The televised hearings by Congressas select committee investigating January 6 have also reduced Trumpas standing with most voters.

Meanwhile, Biden is scoring some legislative victories, including a major bill to subsidise semiconductor chip making in the US. And now, following a hard won Senate vote at the weekend, Biden has substantial bragging rights over a much larger bill to slow climate change, lower the cost of prescription drugs and make health insurance more affordable.

aThe president ahas also been getting kudos for the killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the al-Qaida successor to Osama bin Laden, in a spectacularly discreet US drone strike that resulted in no other casualties.

Robert Reich, a former US secretary of labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley

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Plastic can take hundreds of years to break down a and we keep making more | Kim Heacox
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 10:18:09 GMT
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Americans throw away an estimated 2.5m plastic water bottles an hour. We need international cooperation to protect our planet and our health

Every great movie has at least one scene that stays with you.

In the 1967 classic The Graduate, directed by Mike Nichols, that scene could be when Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft) first seduces our protagonist, young Ben (Dustin Hoffman), a newly minted college graduate. Or when Ben, crazy in love, pounds the glass walls of a church. What haunts me, though, is the earlier scene in which one of Benas parentsa friends offers him some unsolicited advice. The man tells him that a agreat futurea awaits him in one word: aPlastics.a

Kim Heacox is the author of many books, including The Only Kayak, a memoir, and Jimmy Bluefeather, a novel, both winners of the National Outdoor Book Award. He lives in Alaska

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After years of torture, I broke free of the tyranny of calorie counting | Amelia Tait
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 07:00:07 GMT
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Focusing on the calories in your diet is antiquated and destructive. I wish I could have told my anorexic teenage self

When science fiction writers imagine great, grandiose methods of social control a matrixes! Microchips! Really big bros! a they ignore one powerful form that already exists: the humble calorie.

Very little is more distracting, maddening, soul-destroying or totalitarian than the seemingly random number (egg: 155! Freddo: 95!) that is assigned to everything we eat. It is a number that will affect your body and a although it shouldnat be the case a the way others around you value it. If you have ever counted your calories, and if you ever restricted them, then you have lived under a brutal regime. Iam really, truly sorry. I wish no one had ever told you that calories exist.

Amelia Tait is a writer on tech and internet phenomena

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aI find it stressfula: Lewis Hamilton reveals he dislikes driving outside of F1
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 17:10:18 GMT
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  • Seven-time world champion says he considered quitting sport
  • Driver still aon missiona and pondering extending new contract

Lewis Hamilton has made the startling admission that he does not like driving on normal roads because he finds it too stressful.

Speaking to Vanity Fair magazine an article published on Monday, the seven-time Formula One world champion said: aI just think that I find it stressful. I try not to do things that donat add to my life.a

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What can Ten Hag do about the sorry decline of Manchester United? | Jamie Jackson
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 19:00:05 GMT
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Poor management, on and off the field, and middling signings have left the club far behind Manchester City and Liverpool

Erik ten Hag: you have three weeks to save Manchester Unitedas season. Sound ridiculous after only 90 minutes of Premier League action, even if that was a dire 2-1 home defeat by Brighton on Sunday a their first ever home loss against those opponents in 113 years?

Of course it does, but this is the glaring truth that faces the new manager. And it certainly does not help that Ten Hagas ability to rebuild an embarrassingly mediocre squad is materially affected by two branches of the executive: the smarts of football director, John Murtough, and the desire of the Glazer family to splurge a serious amount of cash.

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PGA Tour heads to court to keep LIV players out of FedEx Cup
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 17:07:23 GMT
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  • Players battling to stay in contention for end of season event
  • Saudi-backed league has tempted players to rebel tour

The PGA Tour has asked a federal judge in San Francisco to deny the appeal of three suspended players who joined Saudi-backed LIV Golf and now want to compete in the touras lucrative postseason, arguing the players knew the consequences two months ago.

Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford filed a temporary restraining order last week, separate from 10 players who filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour. The hearing is scheduled for today, two days before the first of three FedEx Cup playoff events in the chase for the $18m prize.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekendas action
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 07:00:07 GMT
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Debutants made an impact on their first outings but some did far better than others on the opening weekend

It is unfair to pick out one player from Manchester Unitedas dire opening display under Erik ten Hag but Lisandro MartAnez seriously struggled against Brighton. These are, of course, the earliest of days for the new centre-back but he will have to learn fast. The diminutive Argentinian is a footballer the manager knows well but there are question marks over his stature. There will be serial aerial bombardment this season of the type he failed to deal with against Brighton, with Danny Welbeck rising highest above him when missing a close-range header in the second half. MartAnez might also have conceded a penalty when bundling over the same player in a performance that did nothing to suggest the 24-year-old can help plug Unitedas leaky rearguard. Jamie Jackson

Match report: Manchester United 1-2 Brighton

Match report: Fulham 2-2 Liverpool

Match report: West Ham 0-2 Manchester City

Match report: Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

Match report: Newcastle 2-0 Nottingham Forest

Match report: Tottenham 4-1 Southampton

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Ryan Giggs subjected ex-partner to alitanya of abuse, court hears
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:50:03 GMT
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Former Manchester United and Wales football star has pleaded not guilty to all charges as trial begins

Ryan Giggs head-butted his former partner after subjecting her to a alitanya of physical and psychological abuse over three years, a court has heard.

The former Manchester United and Wales footballer, 48, aentirely lost his self-controla and attacked his then partner, Kate Greville, and elbowed her sister in the jaw during an argument about his alleged infidelity, jurors were told.

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Mets and Dodgers tighten grip on divisions after victories over rivals
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 11:51:58 GMT
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  • Both teams were relatively quiet at trade deadline
  • San Diego made splashy move for Juan Soto this month

The Dodgers swept a three-game series against San Diego to take a 15.5-game lead in the NL West, and the Mets took four of five from Atlanta to move 6.5 up on the Braves in the NL East. That was after the Padres made serious waves at the deadline by acquiring Juan Soto, and the Braves added Jake Odorizzi and Raisel Iglesias.

Los Angeles werenat all that active, The Dodgers took Joey Gallo off the Yankeesa hands but otherwise seemed content to lie low. Then they beat Soto, Manny Machado and the Padres three times by a combined 20-4 over the weekend. Los Angeles have won eight in a row and 30 of their last 35.

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Bidenas landmark climate and spending bill a whatas in it, and what got cut?
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 14:46:57 GMT
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The Inflation Reduction Act is a far cry from Bidenas original ambition, but it nonetheless represents victory for the president

Joe Bidenas $740bn package tackling climate, the deficit and healthcare that has just passed the Senate and is almost certain now to become law is a far cry from his original even bigger ambitions, but it still represents a major triumph for the president.

The bill a the Inflation Reduction Act a was virtually dead in the water before a last-minute turnaround by the conservative West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin saw it suddenly revived.

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aThe new normala: how Europe is being hit by a climate-driven drought crisis
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 14:48:19 GMT
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Water shortages across the continent, from France through Italy, Spain and beyond, are creating a critical situation

Europeas most severe drought in decades is hitting homes, factories, farmers and freight across the continent, as experts warn drier winters and searing summers fuelled by global heating mean water shortages will become athe new normala.

The EU European Drought Observatory has calculated that 45% of the blocas territory was under drought warning by mid-July, with 15% already on red alert, prompting the European Commission to warn of a acriticala situation in multiple regions.

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The most awe-inspiring and exuberant birds are facing extinction first a let's stop nature becoming boring | Lucy Jones
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 09:00:08 GMT
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From toucans and puffins to iridescent hummingbirds, the most unique creatures are the most vulnerable to human impacts

For decades ecologists have been warning about the homogenisation of diversity a species becoming more alike a in the living world. Now, researchers at the University of Sheffield have published research predicting that bird species with striking and extreme traits are likely to go extinct first. aThe global extinction crisis doesnat just mean that weare losing species,a says the studyas leader, Dr Emma Hughes. aIt means that we are losing unique traits and evolutionary history.a

This shows that human activity is not just drastically reducing numbers of species, it is probably disproportionately destroying the most unique, unusual and distinctive creatures on Earth.

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The Tory leadership race and the ghost of Margaret Thatcher a podcast
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 02:00:02 GMT
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Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee identifies how Tory leadership candidates Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have channelled the former prime minister, and what it says about the Conservative party in 2022

Over the last month, the race to become Conservative party leader has been whittled down from eleven candidates to two. There has been one other figure, however, who has loomed large over the contest: Margaret Thatcher.

While the former chancellor Rishi Sunak has pledged to agovern as a Thatcheritea, the foreign secretary, Liz Truss, has been forced to deny dressing like the Iron Lady. Both of the remaining candidates have cited Thatcher as the partyas greatest prime minister.

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Cutting costs, merging, shelving Batgirl: is this the end of HBO Max?
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 15:34:40 GMT
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CEO announces company will afully embrace theatricala releases and move from straight-to-streaming productions

The drama has been coming thick and fast at the AT&T-owned entertainment behemoth Warner Bros Discovery a unfortunately for the company, and its viewers, the action is all taking place in its boardrooms.

The company was formed after the spin-off of WarnerMedia by AT&T and its merger with Discovery in April last year, media watchers have been waiting to see how the new media powerhouse would reshape its business. Now a plan, of sorts, is emerging.

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John Oliver on US handling of monkeypox: aOn a scale of 1 to 100, we scored a noa
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 15:36:55 GMT
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The Last Week Tonight host delves into how the US has bungled testing, treating and messaging around the virus

John Oliver took on misinformation and confusion around the monkeypox virus, whose spread in the US is agenuinely alarminga not least because in many cases, the disease causes skin lesions that can be extremely painful. aFrustratingly, despite the fact that weare still in the middle of the Covid pandemic, we seem to be replicating some of its key mistakes, from persecuting strangers to spreading misinformation, to badly mismanaging the public health response,a the Last Week Tonight host said on Sunday.

Oliver started with the basics of monkeypox, a pox virus from the same family that causes smallpox, although it is much less transmissible and rarely fatal. It presents in humans with fever, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, headache and a rash; it can cause blindness if lesions reach the eyes, and in rare cases can lead to death. The virus was first discovered in captive monkeys in Denmark in 1958, though itas mostly carried by rodents. Monkeypox is endemic in rodents in central and west Africa, where it has occasionally spread among humans for several years now.

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David McCullough, Pulitzer-winning historian, dies aged 89
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 19:41:16 GMT
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The author of biographies and other works and narrator of documentaries, McCullough was athe voice of American historya

David McCullough, the Pulitzer prize-winning author whose lovingly crafted narratives on subjects ranging from New Yorkas Brooklyn Bridge to American presidents John Adams and Harry Truman made him among the most popular and influential historians of his time, has died. He was 89.

McCullough died Sunday in Hingham, Massachusetts, according to his publisher, Simon & Schuster. He died less than two months after his beloved wife, Rosalee.

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Britney Spears to make musical comeback with Elton John
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 19:26:41 GMT
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Pop star set to collaborate with British singer on track titled Hold Me Closer

Britney Spears will make her return to the music scene by collaborating with Elton John on a new song, it has been confirmed.

While details of the project are limited, a spokesperson confirmed to PA news agency that the track would be titled Hold Me Closer, a new version of Johnas 1971 single Tiny Dancer.

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aItas the songs that counta: Erasureas Andy Bell on being out in the 80s, living with HIV and falling from fashion
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 05:00:04 GMT
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Alongside Vince Clarke, the electropop pioneer has produced some brilliantly catchy and enduring songs. As the group releases a new album, the singer reflects on what happens when the hits dry up a and why he still loves performing live

In the late 80s and early 90s, when the electropop band Erasure were, says Andy Bell, akind of the darlings for a whilea, they reached what he calls asaturation TVa. Bell, Erasureas vocalist, means they were big and mainstream enough to get on daytime television. And then, says Bell, athat all changes, the media changes, and they donat want you any more. It makes you realise your life isnat measured by how many people know you and stuff like that. In the end, itas the songs that count.a

And what songs they are. Bell and Vince Clarke wrote brilliant, enduring pop songs a so catchy, I realise, that Iave had A Little Respect going round in my head for most of my life, ever since the fateful afternoon I taped it off the Radio 1 chart show sometime in late 1988. Despite Clarkeas history as the synth-pop pioneer who had already had hits with Depeche Mode and Yazoo, at some point in the 90s, Erasure became rather uncool and never really recovered. Blame the daytime TV appearances perhaps, combined with a burgeoning laddish Britpop era that couldnat handle Bellas sequins and camp. But their biggest hits a among them Sometimes, Stop! and Blue Savannah a stand up.

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Magnum, PI actor Roger E Mosley dies aged 83
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:18:53 GMT
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The actor, who portrayed Theodore aTCa Calvin on all eight seasons of the crime drama, died from injuries incurred in a car accident

Roger E Mosley, who played the helicopter pilot and Tom Selleckas friend Theodore aTCa Calvin on all eight seasons of Magnum, PI, died Sunday at the age of 83.

The actor, a regular of blaxploitation films such as 1973as The Mack, died from injuries incurred in a car accident three days earlier, his daughter Ch-a Mosley told the Hollywood Reporter.

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aThe time is righta: reggae colossus Burning Spear on racism, rebellion and returning to Britain
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 05:00:04 GMT
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He is the Jamaican legend who liberated reggae, taking it out of Kingston, drenching it in horns a and giving it a joyous, spiritual kick. As Burning Spear hits the road, he looks back on his astonishing life

Itas been two decades since Burning Spear set foot on a UK stage and almost as long since he took on anything that could qualify as a tour: a remarkable state of affairs for the man who has been Jamaicaas most exhilarating performer for half a century.

With an agenda that was equal parts celebration, Black history lesson and pulpit preaching a immersed in horn-drenched music that was at once modern and ancient a Burning Spear entranced and energised audiences across the world. Subdued lighting, smoke (much of which came from the crowd) and live dub versioning built the atmosphere around roots reggaeas greatest voice as he offered hope for the future while addressing the injustices of the past.

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Reel lives: how I tracked down the class of NMEas C86 album
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 11:00:11 GMT
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In 1986 the NMEas 22-track cassette defined indie-rock for a new generation. Some bands featured, such as Primal Scream, became stars. But what became of Bogshed, the Mackenzies and the Shrubs?

It was in the last box I looked in. I reached in and there was the treasure I sought: a cassette tape, battered and scratched, but its gold cover nonetheless shining through the murk of the attic. The cassette a called C86 a was one of three dozen compiled by NME during the 1980s, sold to eager readers in exchange for a APS2.95 postal order to cover post and packing. It was money well spent. Several of the bands included on C86 would subsequently gallop forward in their careers a the likes of Primal Scream, the Soup Dragons, the Wedding Present and Half Man Half Biscuit.

But, by including tracks by shorter-lived lesser lights such as Miaow, the Servants and the Mackenzies, it became a reliable barometer reading of the bands in NMEas orbit in the spring of 1986. These groups laid the foundations for later outfits such as the Stone Roses, Oasis and Arctic Monkeys who took indie aovergrounda, swapping upstairs rooms in pubs for headline slots at the biggest festivals.

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Not your average skating game: aYou are a demon made of glass and paina
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 09:00:08 GMT
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The vaporwave skateboarding game Skate Story is set in nine hellish layers of the underworld a but aims to be relatable and feel real

The elevator pitch for Skate Story is the kind of tantalising soundbite that instantly pricks up the ears: itas a avaporwave skateboarding game,a says 28-year-old developer Sam Eng.

Amazingly, the trailer released last month during game publisher Devolver Digitalas June showcase suggests the game, scheduled for release in 2023, could be even better than the pitch. A glimmering, glass figure pushes off on a board, the camera tracking them at a low angle just as it would in a skate film. The rumble of the wheels on the concrete is authentically loud, the accompanying beats delightfully chill, and towering purple buildings refract trippily in the background.

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Between Two Dawns review a powerful workplace drama over safety failings
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 12:00:00 GMT
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A workplace incident pitches a young man into a battle of conscience with his family and the law in Selman Nacaras debut

Turkish director Selman Nacar made a strong impression with his debut feature, a tough workplace-negligence drama at last yearas San Sebastian film festival. Its indirect narrative style and sense of insidious bureaucratic evasion put me in mind of the Romanian new wave: particularly the performance of Erdem Senocak as Yasin, the bland company lawyer whose task is to pressurise the families of injured employees into signing away their legal rights.

Mucahit Kocak plays Kadir, a pleasant young man who, with his more business-minded elder brother Halil (Bedir Bedir), has taken over the management of the familyas textile factory, on the retirement of their father Ibrahim (Anal Silver). The work is hard, and the factory is having difficulty delivering on orders, but Kadir is happy enough, excitedly making plans with his fiancee Esma (Burcu GAPlgedar). But then his world is upended when an employee is severely burned by an inadequately maintained steam-cleaner and rushed to hospital. Was the worker at fault by not wearing the right safety gear, and being drunk on the job, as the firm instantly and heartlessly insists? Or is this a lie? The manas wife Serpil (Nezaket Erden) refuses to sign Yasinas document and an increasingly horrified Kadir discovers that he himself is being set up as the companyas fall guy in case of a prosecution and also that the family and the hospital are complicit in withholding the truth about the manas condition.

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A new start after 60: aMicroblading my eyebrows gave me the confidence to change careera
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 06:00:06 GMT
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After years spent looking after others, Linda Parker was determined to have some fun. A new look made her believe in herself a and a job at an arts centre was just the start

When Linda Parker turned 60, she made a list. For the past 30 years, she had looked after other people, first as a carer for her dad, and then as a single parent of a daughter. Now she wanted some fun for herself alone. The first thing she wrote down was amicroblade eyebrowsa.

Before her birthday, she had looked in the mirror and seen a face she says she abarely recognised. I had no eyebrows. I had completely lost them. I felt pallid and invisible.a She has no idea awhere or whena her brows disappeared a they must have gone gradually a but she thinks stress may have been to blame.

Tell us: has your life taken a new direction after the age of 60?

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Chill out! 10 tasty summer soups, from iced cucumber to coconut broth
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 16:50:41 GMT
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Soup might not seem like an obvious option during the summer, but these light and refreshing recipes make the perfect for lunch whatever the weather

August is a bad lunch month. By now, summer has stretched on for so long that repetition has begun to bite. If you are like me, you will have spent the last few months eating so much salad that you are sick of it. But what else is there? Sandwiches are dull, and anything too substantial slows you down for the afternoon. If this were October, the answer would be soup, but October is still months away.

But wait! What if I told you that eating soup in the summertime is not an act of true lunacy, but a refreshing and light lunch option? Below are 10 fantastic summer soup recipes, each of them a step up from the humble gazpacho. Some are hot, some are cold, but all are delicious.

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Iave got big, muscular legs a and Iam finally proud of them | Jessica Fostekew
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 06:00:06 GMT
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Women are made to feel that if they have chunky, powerful legs, they should hide them. But itas time we showed them off to the world

Iave started wearing shorts for the first time, aged 39. Iave got some serious legs on me a and by serious, I mean funny. Theyare short, theyare thick, theyare hench. Theyare the sort of legs that when people see them, they think: aI might have ham for lunch.a

But with adulthood comes a heady and increasingly confusing relationship with pride. My legs are massive whether I do weightlifting or not, but I do lift weights and it brings me extreme joy. On a good day, I can squat 1.5 times my bodyweight, which Iam aware is a mega-brag. So Iam proud of these mighty jambons. Iam grateful that they work for walking a and sometimes slightly faster walking.

Jessica Fostekew is a comedian, actor and writer. Her show Jessica Fostekew: Wench is at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the whole of August

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Thomasina Miersa recipe for broad bean puttanesca | The new flexitarian
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 12:00:00 GMT
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Traditionally made with store-cupboard ingredients, this version adds a few fresh items for a seasonal twist on the midweek classic

I first made puttanesca after reading the recipe in a Nigella book. Her introduction was so enthralling that I made it the very next day. The sauce traditionally uses store-cupboard items, so my twist with new-season broad beans and fresh tomatoes adds an almost blasphemous element to the mix. But the ingredients come together beautifully in this simple and thoroughly delicious midweek fix.

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Acquacotta: Rachel Roddyas recipe for vegetable broth with poached eggs | A kitchen in Rome
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 10:00:09 GMT
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How do you like your water cooked? This version from Tuscany a beans, spuds, tomatoes, parmesan, garlic, lashings of olive oil a sounds rather delicious

Mary Eaton was from Bungay in Suffolk. It is her 1823 recipe for Vegetable Water Soup that Florence White included in her practical cookery book, Good Things in England. Half a cabbage, four carrots, two parsnips, two onions, three turnips, celery and parsley root, white beet, chervil and half a pint of peas are tied up in linen, then boiled, before being chopped up and served in the broth. The recipe doesnat mention eggs or bread, but there is a good chance they were added. Meanwhile, in Maremma, a geographical area that straddles south-west Tuscany and parts of northern Lazio, similar soups are called acquacotta, or cooked water.

There are as many versions of acquacotta as there are cooks who make it. Around Saturnia, a town in the Tuscan bit of Maremma famous for warm water in the form of shooting sulphurous hot springs, recipes often start by cooking onion and tomatoes in olive oil. I have written about this before. In his book about Tuscan food, Alvaro Maccioni has a particularly good version that also includes red peppers. (As well as a rustic anecdote about an old man called Melito, who, just after the war, would stop his wooden cart to allow his horse to drink from a bucket and later use the same bucket to make soup.) Other recipes, such as those from the town of Pitigliano, often include wild greens, while variations from Arezzo typically include dried or fresh mushrooms.

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aNo-manas landa: the Texas colonias waiting decades for running water
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 10:00:10 GMT
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Immigrants bought cheap plots a generation ago with a promise that tap water was coming a and the long wait may be about to end for some

Growing up in south Texas, 25-year-old Joaquin Duran always wondered what it would be like to have running water. Before he was born, Duranas parents moved from JuA!rez, Mexico, to a small community called Cochran that lies within El Paso county. They hoped the enclave of Mexican American families would be a safe place to raise their children and offer advantages not easily attained in Mexico.

The plot of land Duranas parents bought in Texas lacked running water when they settled in, but they were promised service was coming a only a year or two away. The family decided the wait would be worthwhile and they made the plot their home. During the day, Duranas mother would scrub old concrete off the cinder blocks her husband retrieved from demolition work through his construction job. At night, they built their house from the salvaged materials.

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Michigan: inquiry urged into claims of Republican-led voting-machine breach
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2022 13:04:16 GMT
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Attorney general calls for special prosecutor to investigate claims of effort to illegally obtain voting machines before 2020 election

Michiganas attorney general has called for a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of a Republican-led effort to gain unauthorized access to voting equipment in the aftermath of the 2020 national election.

Attorney general Dana Nessel, a Democrat, called for the investigation on Friday after Michigan state police examined whether Matt DePerno, a lawyer and presumptive Republican candidate for the office, may have orchestrated the alleged effort.

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Man Assaults Corey Katir